On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 30

Events in Music

  • 1866 Bedřich Smetana's comic opera"Verkaufte Braut" (The Bartered Bride) premieres at Prague Provisional Theatre

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's musical "St Louis Woman", starring Pearl Bailey featuring the Nicholas Brothers, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
  • 1951 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony commissioned to mark the University of Minnesota's centennial, debuts by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti conducting

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1966 "Color Me Barbra", Barbra Streisand's second TV special and the first in color, premieres on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Album Release Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

1967 Cover picture of Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album is photographed by Michael Cooper

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One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
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Music releaseAlbum Release

1970 Miles Davis's influential double album "Bitches Brew" released

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1970 Strouse, Adams, Comden & Green's musical "Applause", an adaptation of the 1950 film "All About Eve", premieres in NYC, runs for 900 performances
  • 1972 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • 1978 "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1986 "Tango Argentino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
  • 1991 "Speed of Darkness" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1993 Lanford Wilson's play "Redwood Curtain", starring Jeff Daniels, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater, NYC; runs for 40 performances
  • 1995 "Arcadia" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 204 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2018 Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves releases her fourth album "Golden Hour" (Grammy Album of the Year 2019)

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves

Birthdays in Music

  • 1687 Johann Balthasar Freisslich, composer
  • 1719 John Hawkins, England, wrote 1st history of music
  • 1727 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Ital's opera composer/band leader (Farnace)
  • 1750 John Stafford Smith, composer
  • 1772 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, German-Dutch organist and composer (Wien Neêrlands Bloed - Dutch national anthem, 1815-1932), baptized in Witzhelden, Germany (d. 1847)
  • 1804 Salomon Sulzer, composer
  • 1805 Adrien de La Fage, composer
  • 1811 Angelo Catelani, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1815 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Kraków (d. 1854)
  • 1830 Auguste Tolbecque, composer
  • 1835 Bernhard Scholz, composer
  • 1858 Siegfried Alkan, German composer, born in Dillingen, Saarland (d. 1941)
  • 1872 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, composer
  • 1902 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big band leader, born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Akarova [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer (Les Biches)
  • 1908 Camille Schmit, Belgian organist, composer, and educator, born in Aubange (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Kurt Bruggemann, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1911 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], American singer ("Jezebel"; "Rawhide"; "Blazing Saddles"), songwriter ("We'll Be Together Again"), and actor (Bring Your Smile Along), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician ("Down & Out Blues"), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1917 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Rudolf Bruci, composer
  • 1921 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • 1922 German Germanovich Galinin, composer
  • 1922 Peter Jona Korn, composer
  • 1924 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), born in Slatina, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now Croatia) (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1928 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Rolf Harris, Australian-British comedian, actor, painter, singer-songwriter ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", television personality, and convicted sex offender, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1931 Harold Burrage, American blues and jazz singer, and pianist (Hi Yo Silver), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931 Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, born in Kunágota, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Lanny Morgan, American West coast jazz and studio alto saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935 Gordon Mumma, American pianist, composer, and educator (University of California, 1975-94), born in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • 1935 John Charles Eaton, composer
  • 1935 Karl Berger, German jazz pianist, vibraphone player, and musicologist, born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1942 Graeme Edge, British rock drummer, and poet (Moody Blues - "The Dream"; "Morning Glory"), born in Rocester, Staffordshire England
  • 1943 Jay Traynor, American pop singer (Jay and the Americans, 1960-62 - "She Cried"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Ken Forssi, American bassist (Love), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)

Person of interestEric Clapton

1945 Eric Clapton, English singer and guitarist (Cream - "Sunshine Of Your Love; Derek & The Dominos - "Layla"; solo -"Tears in Heaven"), born in Ripley, Surrey, England

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 1945 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • 1947 Marilyn Crispell, American jazz pianist and composer (Anthony Braxton Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, American rock vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • 1949 Dana (Richenda Antoinette) "Dana" Gillespie, English actress and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949 Lene Lovich, English-American singer, songwriter and musician (Lucky Number), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Dave Ball, British guitarist (Procul Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • 1950 Rupert Greenall, British rock keyboardist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • 1955 Randy Vanwarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2004)
  • 1959 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • 1962 M C Hammer [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • 1963 Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer and conductor
  • 1963 Ximo Tebar, Spanish jazz and flamenco guitarist, and composer (Goes Blue), born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1964 Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter (Fast Car; Give Me One Reason), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966 Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age, 2002-12), born in Gardena, California
  • 1967 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer

Person of interestCeline Dion

1968 Celine Dion, Canadian singer ("My Heart Will Go On"; "The Power Of Love"; "Tell Him" ), born in Charlemagne, Quebec

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
  • 1969 Marco Foddis, pop drummer (Pestilence)
  • 1973 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1976 Mark McClelland, Northern Irish musician (Degrassi)

Person of interestNorah Jones

1979 Norah Jones, American pop and jazz singer and pianist ("Come Away With Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones
  • 1979 Simon Webbe, English pop singer
  • 1980 Yalin, Turkish singer and songwriter
  • 1983 Scott Moffatt, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1983 Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
  • 1984 Anna Nalick, American singer and songwriter.
  • 1986 Beni Arashiro, Japanese singer
  • 1993 Anitta [Larissa de Macedo Machado], Brazilian singer-songwriter ("Show das Poderosas), born in Rio Janeiro, Brazil

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 Ameican actress Doris Day (23) weds American jazz saxophonist George Weidler (20); divorce in 1949

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 American Rapper Vanilla Ice (29) weds Laura Giarritta

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice
  • 2007 "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1764 Pietro Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1864 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, dies 52
  • 1875 Marie Moke Pleyel, composer, dies at 63
  • 1884 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1935 Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan, composer, dies at 51
  • 1936 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, dies at 40
  • 1945 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1953 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • 1960 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich, Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1962 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, dies at 55
  • 1963 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69
  • 1964 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76
  • 1976 Reuben "Rube" Bloom, American pianist, arranger, band leader (The Bayou Boys), songwriter ("Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"; "Give Me the Simple Life"), dies at 73
  • 1977 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
  • 1977 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • 1978 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • 1994 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1995 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (Janis Joplin - Pearl), dies at 59
  • 1995 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger, dies at 82
  • 2000 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • 2004 (Rosemary) "Timi" Yuro, American singer ("Hurt"), dies at 63
  • 2005 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • 2010 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), dies of melanoma at 88
  • 2013 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2016 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57
  • 2016 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), dies at 66
  • 2016 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, dies at 95

Person of interestBill Withers

2020 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician ("Ain't No Sunshine"; "Lean on Me"; "Just The Two Of Us"), dies of heart complications at 81

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers